The Pond Creation Toolkit includes a range of factsheets available to freely download.
The Pond Creation Toolkit includes:
- Core factsheets 1 to 8 with background information on the project and the best practice principles of clean water pond creation, such as location, design, project planning and implementation.
- Habitat factsheets which present detailed information on designing ponds in different landuses, e.g. woodland, grassland etc.
- Advice factsheets which deal with issues such as birdstrike, planning permission, and ponds in public access areas.
- Species dossiers with technical information on creating ponds specifically for over 40 pond-associated BAP species, based on their ecological requirements.
- Aggregates factsheets specifically targeted at pond creation on mineral sites.
- Case studies
Some of the Pond Creation Toolkit resources are also available in Welsh.
Our policy as an organisation is to make all the information we produce open access, without restriction; so all parts of the Million Ponds Project Toolkit are completely free for everyone to download and use. As a charity, we rely on donations to create resources accessible to all, so please support our work by making a donation.
- Factsheet 1 About the Million Ponds Project
- Factsheet 2 Clean water ponds for wildlife. Welsh version available.
- Factsheet 3 Outline steps for pond creation for wildlife. Welsh version available.
- Factsheet 4 Pond Design. Welsh version available.
- Factsheet 5 Locating ponds and finding a clean water source. Welsh version available.
- Factsheet 6 Planning pond creation
- Factsheet 7 Constructing ponds
- Factsheet 8 Managing ponds after creation
Download All Pond Creation Core Toolkit factsheets here as one continuous document (file size 7.85MB)
- Wildlife ponds in areas with public access
- Wildlife ponds to avoid the risk of birdstrike
- Planning permission advice
- Project costing advice
- Choosing a pond liner
Creating ponds for-
- Brown Galingale
- Yellow Centaury
- Coral Necklace
- Pigmy Rush
- Marsh Clubmoss
- Three_lobed Water-crowfoot
- Small Fleabane
- Lesser Water-plantain – Welsh version available
- Tubular Water-dropwort – Welsh version available
- One-grooved Diving Beetle
- Zircon Reed Beetle
- Spangled Water Beetle
- Oxbow Diving Beetle
- Lagoon Sand Shrimp
- Crystal Moss Animal
- Starlet Sea Anemone
- Pondweed Leafhopper
- Fen Raft Spider
BAP species lists
You can also find the BAP species near you using this BAP species map resource.
- Factsheet A1 Why make ponds on aggregate sites?
- Factsheet A2 Pond design principles for biodiversity
- Factsheet A3 Pond construction on aggregate sites
- Factsheet A4 Best practice guidelines for planners and developers
- Factsheet A5 Integrating ponds with aggregate afteruses
- Factsheet A6 Great Crested Newts and the aggregate extraction industry
Eye Landfill: best practice pond design principles applied to compensate schemes for protected species.
Kings Dyke: ongoing habitat creation and management at a restored mineral extraction site.
Nosterfield: retro-fitting ponds and scrapes for wading birds can have benefits for a variety of wetland wildlife.
Darcy Lever Gravel Pits: how a partnership led by volunteers benefits freshwater wildlife